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Posted August 29, 2015 by Ron Callari

Octopi, the supposed plural of octopus, is a favorite among lexicologists. and fans of quirky terms, but there really
is no etymological basis for the word. The appellation was created by
English speakers out of a mistaken belief that ‘octopus’ is Latin and
hence pluralized it with an -i ending.

Posted August 29, 2015 by Laurie Kay Olson

Cats were originally brought to Britain when the Romans invaded around 2,000 years ago. The local population quickly took to the little animals and also began keeping them as pets. Recently an archaeologist was going through thousands of fragments of ancient roof tiles when he discovered the feline paw prints that had been pressed into the clay when it was still wet -- around 100 A.D.

Posted August 28, 2015 by Laurie Kay Olson

In 2013 Dipak and Lalita Mahato were having dinner at their home in West Bengal, India, when they heard a crash come from the bedroom. They went rushing in to find an elephant on a rampage. Their baby was crying and surrounded by debris. When the crying died down the elephant began to move away. When the child began to cry again the elephant returned and began to gently pull the chunks of wall away from it.

Posted August 27, 2015 by Laurie Kay Olson

With a shortage of food in the Pacific Ocean, people in California have been seeing an increase in the number of sea lions coming ashore to forage. Last spring one wayward sea lion traveled 5 blocks inland to check out what Mar Vista High School might have to offer an eager and ambitious pinniped. It is uncertain whether he was heading for admissions or the cafeteria.

Posted August 26, 2015 by Laurie Kay Olson

It is a strange thing when a parrot gets hauled into a police station for questioning, but that is just what happened last week in Rajura, Maharashtra, India. This all started when an 85-year-old woman made a formal complaint that the bird had been swearing at her whenever she passed by. It was a good thing that the parrot didn't have hands or she might have accused him of flipping her the bird.

Posted August 23, 2015 by Laurie Kay Olson

Unlike most kids, this is Bubba's favorite time of year. He loves school and can't wait for the kids to come back so that he can go to class with them. His home is next to both a middle school and a high school and he frequents both of them as much as possible. At Leland High School in San Jose, California, Bubba has even been issued his own student ID card to make him official.

Posted August 22, 2015 by Laurie Kay Olson

It isn't often that we get to talk about NASCAR on PetsLady, but the news this week gave us the perfect excuse. A rabbit turned up on the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee and brought things to a halt as men rushed to try to capture and remove the animal from the tarmac. This resulted in scenes that Elmer Fudd would completely identify with as the "wascally wabbit" eluded capture.

Posted August 19, 2015 by Ron Callari

Do you know how many animals are unfortunate enough to have made the ‘rarest primates on the planet’
list? It's unthinkable that in the year 2015 the issue of endangered
animal species should continue to be of global concern — that the
possibility of their extinction is not more of a clarion call for
action?